Boat haven

The Sydney International Boat Show returns to Darling Harbour.

25 July 2019


The Sydney International Boat Show returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney and Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour from the 1st until the 5th of August.

The show, organised by the Boating Industry Association (BIA) Ltd, is the largest recreational boat show in the southern hemisphere, filling the entire exhibition space available at the ICC, as well as the show’s purpose-built marina on Cockle Bay.

Each year, more than 60,000 people visit the show, which is renowned for also being the largest public exhibition hosted at ICC Sydney, with more than 800 watercraft housed within the exhibition space, with more vessels berthed on the Marina in Cockle Bay, only 2 minutes’ walk from the exhibition halls.

Visitors to the show should remember that the ICC has two exhibition levels, both of which form part of the show, so be sure to check both the upper and lower levels.  To get around from one to the other, simply follow the ‘Blue Line’.  The show organisers introduced the blue line to help guide visitors through the immense building between the levels.


Those venturing through the show should ensure that ensure they have some time on the ‘The Event Deck’ accessible from the upper show level.  With entertainment in mind, the area boasts great hospitality areas as well as an enormous pool allowing guest to try and kayak or S.U.P. In the down time, the young ones get a chance to ride on a kid’s bumper boat. With music, rave boats, boat building and a number of other activities, it is a must see.

The entire show always showcases the recreational boating lifestyle plus all the gear you need for a great experience on the water.

With almost 5 million people enjoying our waterways each year in Australia, this show is again expecting thousands to visit for their annual pilgrimage.

Beyond the absolute choice of boats, accessories and fishing gear, there’s plenty of educational and entertaining activities as well, as the BIA’s charter includes education, with water safety being a significant feature.  Fishing masterclasses, the maritime museum’s historic boats, the Australia International Dive Expo included, are just a few of the many activities to be seen.

For the 50th Sydney International Boat Show in 2017, the event returned fully to Darling Harbour. Again in 2019, the undercover displays are located within the vast International Convention Centre – Sydney, and the spectacular marina displays just minutes away on Cockle Bay.


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